Practice and Procedure

R (Respondent) v (1) VICTOR MEARS (2) HENRY MEARS (Appellants) & SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION & SKILLS (Intervener) (2011)

PUBLISHED November 10, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 2651

A judge should have discharged the jury where a fair-minded, independent and informed observer, knowing that jurors had to be, and be seen to be, unbiased, would have concluded that there was a real risk that during the course of the trial the jury had received information and views from an extraneous source that it could not put out of its mind.

CA (Crim Div) (Moore-Bick LJ, Butterfield J, Irwin J)